Seitan Shiitake and Leek Roast with Chickpea Gravy

Having had a successful first attempt at seitan I decided to venture from the cutlet onto something bigger—a roast, and a stuffed roast at that!  I followed Isa Chandra’s recipe from PPK to a T and it turned out wonderfully. A nicely, browned, seitan roast stuffed with meaty mushrooms, herbs, and leeks.  The roast solo is a bit dry for my taste so I paired it with Isa’s Chickpea Gravy, lending some moisture to the seitan.
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Barbecued Tofu, Black Beans, Pineapple and Basmati Brown Rice

I get a kick out of playing the game—let’s see what I can make out of whatever I find in my fridge and cupboard.  I love surprises and this game typically results in amazement or more wine….  The game is to be played with loud music and an adult beverage of sorts. Tonight it was One Day the Reckoning Song and Grand Traverse Semi-Dry Reisling a pretty good mix!
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Meat-less Meatloaf Muffins Topped with Kale Mashed Potatoes

Finger food isn’t only for kids, grab ahold of these muffins and channel your inner-child! Fun to eat and tasty to pack and reheat for a brown-bagged lunch, you’ll be thinking of ways to minimize all of your favourite foods.
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“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

Upon recommendation I watched, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Based on the trailer, I sensed an upbeat film laced with nostalgic feelings of eternal adolescence. I anticipated laughter, heartfelt-ness, easy-going freedom, and awkward high school days. Some things are not as they appear and this movie is categorized as such, a good film, wrought with emotion, questions, and intensity—just not what I expected. A line that stuck, a piece of advice from the main character’s English teacher:
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Ribeira, Salvador da Bahia

Salvador, Bahia.  A place with a time of its own, where popular culture is current yet the past is present, not relived—a part of life.  Filled with colonial wonders, cobblestoned streets, sandy beaches, clay-brick shacks and modern concrete apartment buildings.  Salvador a third-world city with traffic jams and crowds, is a city with soul. It’s a place one will not soon forget, the feelings that consume you while there, continue to resonate. Salvador is bright, outgoing and receives all with open arms.
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Feast Your Eyes

(For Playful Lovers)

As with physical attraction, the food experience begins with the eyes. This Valentine’s Day, dish out the love with the aphrodisiac vigor of food and drink. Whether you’re hitched or single, incorporate any of the following into your V-Day meal for tantalizing effects.

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Spaghetti and “Beanballs”

Aha! A vegetarian meatball that holds itself together, this is good news!
Spaghetti and “Beanballs” makes for a great weeknight meal that can be made ahead and reheated to serve. I’m looking forward to noshing on this protein and fiber-rich dish after my run tonight.

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Mashable’s: Replaced by Modern Technology

Mashable recently released an infographic displaying, 50 Things That Have Been Replaced By Modern Technology.  While I don’t agree with everything on this list, as I believe that some things have been enhanced rather than replaced, I still found it entertaining. Call me old fashioned but a few of these things sparked a sense of nostalgia in me. I decided to create my own list of things from Mashable’s that I wish were NOT replaced by modern technology.  (note: I’m also thankful for some replacements like renewing my license via the interent!)
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